updated 11:40 am EDT, Sun June 19, 2011
HP TouchPad doc editing to come only in update
HP's imminent TouchPad won't have proper document editing when it launches next month. The QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite will arrive with the webOS tablet as promised, but an internal presentation has shown it will only support viewing Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents on launch. The copy of the presentation seen by PreCentral would have at least PowerPoint editing coming only with an update sometime in the summer.
The company has been pushing to get the TouchPad out on time and has mostly been waiting on support for webOS 3 apps to get the device out the door. A decision to forego QuickOffice editing points to HP being willing to sacrifice other features to get the tablet out after five months of waiting from when it was first unveiled.
As the first real webOS tablet, the 9.7-inch slate will get an interface optimized for the larger screen from the start as well as as webOS firsts like a front camera for video chat and support for device-to-device pushing of web links. It's considered closest in spirit to the iPad 2 with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 16GB or 32GB of storage for prices of $499 and $599 respectively in Wi-Fi versions.